“I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
– Mark 2:17
Those who believe they are “good with God” because they believe He exists are fooling themselves. Christ means Messiah, and Jesus Christ is God incarnate. It is what we do with that information that determines whether we are good with Him or not. Many people claim that God sends humans to hell, and that is false. People send themselves there when they do not accept Jesus as Savior. This is the truth that the Bible teaches.
This truth comes to each one of us at one time or another. On many occasions, there is a conviction in our hearts that exposes our need for salvation. We either accept that and make amends with the Lord through the Messiah or employ irrational reasoning, which is a sure sign of truth being resisted.
The paralyzed man that Jesus healed simply wanted to be able to walk. He may not have had any idea there was a need to be forgiven of sins. This paralytic may have been the most devout Jew of all, fulfilling the prescribed sacrifices and keeping to synagogue. Even after all that, he still would have fallen short of a right relationship with God. Messiah had now come and changed the program. He came to put new wine into new wineskins. And when Jesus told him that his sins were forgiven, those words brought peace to the man’s heart. More than anything else, his heart is what needed to be remedied.
J.I. Packer wrote, “It is possible for people to be enlightened to the point of knowing inwardly that Jesus is the divine Savior he claims to be, and still not be willing to admit it publicly, because of all the behavioral changes that such an admission would make necessary. It is possible to try to make oneself feel good about one’s own moral dishonesty by inventing reasons, no matter how absurd, for not treating Jesus as worthy of one’s allegiance.”
I propose that these or those whom Jesus referred to as not needing a physician. He did not come for those of us who see things this way. He reached for the hurting and the lost and pays special attention to those without a calloused and rejecting heart. Do you “feel” you are right with God, or are you right with God?